When the Nexus One was launched, a larger-than-life mockup of the device was spotted around the Mountain View-based Googleplex, and now we’re starting to see the same thing with the Nexus S. This time it’s at Best Buy, and unlike the giant , the mockup is is fully functional. If you’re interested, the large and in charge Nexus S in action in the Best Buy in San Carlos.
The large mockup of the Android phone is actually being powered by a real Nexus S inside the huge display, which is made possible by a 42-inch TV with touch capabilities. Hell, the camera is also rigged up with mirrors so that it works, too. Judging from the video, it doesn’t run all that well, but then again it’s not the device you’d be taking home. The touchscreen doesn’t seem to be very accurate, but you get the gist of what Google was going for.
Paper Toss, the new Android Market, and Google Maps are demoed, all of which are available on any Android phone, and not just the Nexus S. Still, this novelty is something that would definitely catch the attention of people who aren’t even in the market for a new phone. Due to its very quirky touch screen, we’re not sure if this big display would sway someone enough to want to get one, but enough to ask to see where the real unit is. It’s all for fun, after all.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Nexus S fares in terms of sales, but we have every reason to believe it’ll do much better than its predecessor. The deal with Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse is likely as close as a Nexus device will get to being sold through a carrier, but Google isn’t really looking for much money on this thing. They just want you to have an Android phone in your pocket instead of an iPhone or BlackBerry, and something tells me that seeing a giant BlackBerry Curve wouldn’t have the same effect huge in-store mockup of an iPhone or Nexus S. Sorry, RIM.
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